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Gemäht sind die Felder, der Stoppelwind...

Language: German (Deutsch)

Gemäht sind die Felder, der Stoppelwind weht,
Hoch droben in Lüften mein Drache nun steht,
Die Rippen von Holze, der Leib von Papier,
Zwei Ohren, ein Schwänzlein sind all seine Zier;
      Und ich denk': so drauf liegen
      Im sonnigen Strahl,
      Ach, wer [doch das]1 könnte
      Nur ein einziges Mal!
Da guckt' ich dem Storch in das Sommernest dort:
Guten Morgen, Frau Storchen, geht die Reise bald fort?
Ich blickt' in die Häuser zum Schornstein hinein:
[Papachen, Mamachen]2, wie seid Ihr so klein!
      Tief unter mir säh' ich
      Fluß, Hügel und Thal --
      Ach, wer [doch das]1 könnte
      Nur ein einziges Mal!
Und droben, gehoben, auf schwindelnder Bahn,
Da faßt' ich die Wolken, die segelnden an;
Ich ließ' mich besuchen von Schwalben und Krähn,
Und könnte die Lerchen, die singenden sehn,
      Die Englein belauscht' ich
      Im himmlischen Saal --
      Ach, wer [doch das]1 könnte
      Nur ein einziges Mal!

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Victor Blüthgen, Leipzig: Verlag von Edwin Schloemp, 1880, pages 216-217

1 Berger, Schoeck: "das doch"
2 Berger, Schoeck: "O Vater und Mutter"

Submitted by Peter Donderwinkel and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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  • ENG English [singable] (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist) , no title
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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The fields are reaped, the wind blows...

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The fields are reaped, the wind blows over the stubble,
High up in the breezes my kite now hovers,
Its ribs are of wood, its body of paper,
Two ears and a little tail are its sole adornment;
      And I think to myself: to float on it thus
      In the sunbeams,
      Ah, if one could only do that
      Just once!
I would peek into the summer nest of the stork:
Good morning, Mrs. Stork, shall you soon be on your way [southward]?
I would peek into the houses through the chimney:
[Little Papa, little Mama]2, how small you are!
      Far below me I would see
      River, hill and valley --
      Ah, if one could only do that
      Just once!
And above, lifted up, upon a dizzying path,
I would touch the clouds, the sailing clouds;
I would receive visits from swallows and crows,
And I would be able to see the singing larks,
      I would eavesdrop on the angels
      In the heavenly halls --
      Ah, if one could only do that
      Just once!

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Translated titles:
"Ach, wer das doch könnte" = "Ah, to be able to do that"
"Kinderliedchen" = "Children’s song"

1 Berger, Schoeck: "Oh father and mother"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Victor August Eberhard Blüthgen (1844 - 1920), "Ach, wer das doch könnte"
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Franz Wilhelm Abt, Wilhelm Reinhard Berger, Paul Frommer, Othmar Schoeck. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-11-17.
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